Field Assistant Jobs: Grassland Insect Ecology

FW by Andy Wilson>>>>

Summer Research Assistant: Grassland Insect Ecology

Job Description: We are looking for enthusiastic and hard-working individuals to assist in all aspects of research on grassland insect ecology and rangeland ecology at the USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Northern Plains Agriculture Research Laboratory in Sidney, MT. Research looks at how fire and livestock grazing can reduce grasshopper outbreaks, how grasshoppers affect grassland health and livestock grazing sustainability, and how drought and predators affect grasshopper outbreaks. Work may include sampling grasshoppers and other rangeland insects in large scale experiments, sampling rangeland plants, and setting up and conducting small scale manipulative experiments in the field. Most field work will be conducted on diverse and beautiful native rangelands in eastern Montana and on the Little Missouri National Grassland in western North Dakota. Some overnight travel may be required.

Salary: $12.07 or 13.55 per hour (GS-3 or 4) (dependent on experience and education), plus overtime pay at time and a half. Housing is not provided, but we will help you find housing.

Dates: Two positions are available starting either May 18th or June 1st and can last until approximately mid-August or late September. Please specify your available start and end dates in your application.

Qualifications: You must be physically fit, able to walk rapidly over rangeland, and comfortable spending long hours outside in hot conditions.
Willingness to work long days, and some weekends when necessary, is also a must. You will receive overtime pay when working above 40 hours a week.
Undergraduate course work in ecology, entomology, range or environmental sciences, and previous field work experience is preferred but not required.

Application process: If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the job; a resume describing relevant experience and college classes; names and contact information for two professional references; to Dave Branson ( Evaluation of applications will begin April 1 and continue until the positions are filled. For more information on our research program visit our website at: or contact us directly.


Projects Assistants – Ecology of the Hudson River

FW by Andy Wilson
Summer Project Assistant (2 Positions): Job Reference #14006-I. Assist in studies of the ecology of the Hudson River. Duties include considerable fieldwork on boats and along shores of the Hudson River, as well as data entry and collection and processing of samples of zebra mussels and other invertebrates. Must be comfortable working in and around the water and handling heavy sampling equipment; experience with boats and training in limnology and invertebrate zoology also helpful. Desired dates of employment are approximately May 15 for one position and June 1 for the other position to September 15, 2014. On-site housing is available. Position reports to Dr. David L. Strayer.

To apply, send cover letter (INDICATING JOB REFERENCE NUMBER), resume with educational background and relevant course work, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references,to the attention of Human Resources, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies,PO Box AB, 2801 Sharon Turnpike, Millbrook, NY 12545,or e-mail to

Job:Communications Coordinator

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Perhaps this job is of interest to some of you.


>| Author: IECA Administrator
>| Title: Communications Coordinator
>*Learn More About the Position:*
>The Communications Coordinator develops and disseminates informative >materials that build awareness of the issues facing the ocean today. S/he >will work alongside senior communications team members and conservation >experts to execute tactics as part of strategic communication plans, >including regular outreach to media and the development of messaging, fact >sheets, statements, blog posts and website content. This position requires >researching news coverage, reporters and bloggers and generating media >attention for Ocean Conservancy program activity in a number of outlets, >including regional and national print, broadcast and blogs. This position >supports several programs and corresponding activities, including the >Arctic,
>ocean acidification, sustainable fisheries and more.
>*Specific Responsibilities:*
> * Execute strategic communication tactics, including writing and/or > distributing messaging, statements, press releases, talking points, >fact
> sheets, blog posts, multimedia (PowerPoint) and other external-facing > materials
> * Support the implementation of activities that will elevate the > organization’s and executive team’s visibility among key audiences, > including researching and organizing speaking opportunities, >conference
> attendance, column placement and stakeholder meetings
> * Perform regular outreach to media outlets, including broadcast, print >and
> online, using approved program messaging. Secure interviews for >experts
> and report upon outcomes
> * Respond to incoming media inquiries and organize interviews as needed > * Build press lists, monitor media (print, broadcast, blogs, social >media)
> and assess media landscape to better inform our strategies > * Edit Ocean Conservancy documents, presentations, reports and other >forms
> of collateral using AP style. Format documents and PowerPoint > presentations
> * Update Ocean Conservancy online press kits and help manage the News >Room
> section of our website
> * Participate in brainstorming sessions and help develop and execute > strategic communications plans
> * Serve as a team liaison to program, policy and science staff for > implementation and execution of assigned tasks supporting the >Director of
> Communications
> * Support additional content development, research, logistical and > administrative duties as needed
>*Required Qualifications:*
> * Superior oral and written communication skills, including capacity to > communicate complex ideas compellingly to a variety of audiences > * Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams and >learn
> new subject matter quickly
> * Thorough understanding of the traditional and social media landscape >and
> how the two can be used to maximize audience reach
> * Proven ability to operate efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced > environment and adjust quickly in rapid response situations > * A high-level performer who will bring the necessary creativity, >energy and
> commitment to the team
> * Working knowledge of AP style, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Twitter, > Facebook and WordPress
> * Attentive to details and adheres strictly to deadlines and >deliverables
> while keeping a larger vision in mind
> * One to three years of experience working in the communications >division at
> a company, public relations firm, association or nonprofit >organization
> * Degree in communications, journalism or similar discipline preferred >
>If you think you have what it takes to join Ocean Conservancy’s team, >please
>send a cover letter speaking to your qualifications and abilities along >with
>your resume and salary expectations to: [1] and >note your name and “Communications Coordinator #1326” in the subject line. >Make sure to include how you learned of our opening.
>Ocean Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.